The shrubby section is the most popular and the most useful to the florist, the winter flowering kinds being in good demand. They flower for months. They are propagated during winter and we find they root in late spring without bottom heat; but propagated in February you can have fine plants for the following fall. They may not be an important florists' flower although some are very useful as cut sprays, but as a plant for the window they are in demand.
Bust attacks some of the begonias, notably that fine variety incarnata grand-iflora, and it is caused by heavy shade and dampness under glass in the summer months. They should be shaded only from brightest sun and need a free, dry atmosphere. Many of them can be plunged out of doors in the summer months without any shade and will make stout, robust plants.
Gloire de Lorraine is such an important plant that cultural directions for its management by a specialist are included in this article.
Another splendid variety we made the acquaintance of this past winter is incarnata Sanderii. It is a robust grower, growing two feet high and from Christmas into April just smothered with its pink blossoms.
The following are some of the most attractive in this section:
Winter Flowering Shrubby Begonias.
Suaveolens, dark green foliage, pure white flowers.
Nitida, robust grower, waxy pink.
Incarnata, upright stout growth, soft rose pink.
Incarnata Sanderii, is much superior to above, in fact, it is the grandest begonia, not excepting any.
Rubra, very strong, large plant, coral red flowers.
President Carnot, reddish colored foliage, bright carmine.
Metallica, very handsome in both flower and foliage.
Saundersonii, bushy and always bearing flowers.
Haageana, handsome foliage, large rosy pink.
Nightingale, green foliage, large pink panicles.
Thurstonii, under side leaves rich purple red, flowers not conspicuous.
Manicata and its variegated form are scarcely shrubby, but they have handsome foliage and profusely send up their strong erect stems of pink blossoms. There are several other most desirable kinds of the manicata type.